The indoor tennis courts are to be resurfaced in September 2013.
This will mean that all usual indoor activity will have to go to the outdoor courts for this period.
Work is due to begin on 2 September and is scheduled for two weeks.
Whilst this will be an inconvenience for a short period we are delighted that the University has made such a significant investment in the tennis facilities, one which should last for a further 10 years and help to keep our fantastic centre as the premier training and competition venue in the United Kingdom.
Questions which you may have
The courts appear fine – why is work being carried out?
The courts were opened in 2002. As part of their scheduled life cycle it is now the correct time to resurface the courts. This involves repairing the existing minor chips and bumps and laying new acrylic surface to ensure the courts retain their high quality playing characteristics. In addition the courts for performance training and competition are playing too fast in their current state.
As courts for our winter schedule are so heavily in demand September is the best chance we have to get the work done whilst also retaining a reasonably good chance of fine weather in order to go to the outdoor courts for existing activities. In addition there is a major indoor event at the end of August so we did not want to risk carrying out the work before this occurred to avoid potential damage or wear.
What if I have already paid for a coaching course that may be affected?
We have only just had confirmation from the contractors that the work will be taking place, so existing bookings for Autumn term have already been taken. All junior, adult and mini tennis coaching courses will be moved outside and proceed as usual. If a course has to be cancelled due to bad weather or light then we will contact those affected with credits or refunds.
If we are on a coaching course where do we go?
The outdoor hard courts are located opposite St John’s pitches, behind the fir trees as you leave the University. The closest car park is South car park. There is no need to go to reception first, simply meet at the outdoor courts. There is a toilet block on St John’s pitches, but this is across the Road so players under 11 will have to be accompanied by an adult for this.
What if it is raining or wet when my court is booked or my coaching session is due to take place?
The outdoor courts are all weather but do become slippery of course. Centre staff or Coaches will decide if the courts are too unsafe to play on. We will contact all groups with as much notice as possible should we have to cancel any session.
For independent bookings we would advise customers to ring reception on 01225 386339 where possible to check the status of the courts.
The outdoor hard courts opening hours are from 9am to 9pm so it will not possible to play outside of these times. Outdoor courts are booked through reception on 01225 386339 in the same way as indoor ones.
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